Recall Election Information
Recall gives voters the right to reconsider their choice of an elected official; however, it does not automatically result in removal of an official from office. It provides an opportunity for voters to require an elected official to run for office again before the expiration of his or her term.
An official must be in office for one year before a recall can be initiated.
The number of signatures required to trigger a recall is one-quarter of the number of votes cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election.
The requirements for initiating recall efforts are very specific and must be carefully followed. The rules may be different depending on whether the official is a Congressional, State, County or Local official. Please consult the recall manuals on this page.
Anyone considering conducting a recall petition effort should contact the Wisconsin Elections Commission staff at 608-266-8005.
Recall committees that have registered with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission are listed in the Campaign Finance Information System (CFIS).
To find them, go to CFIS and click "View Registrants" on the left-side menu. Click "Continue," which will take you to the search screen. In the upper left-hand corner, use the pull-down menu for "Registrant Type" to select "Recall," and click "Search."
To view the EthCF-1 Campaign Registration form, click on the committee name.
Campaign finance reports filed by recall committees are viewable on CFIS.
This memorandum provides clarification regarding the meaning of “offer to file” a recall petition and signature date requirements on recall petition sheets.
|Determination of Sufficiency of Recall Petitions.pdf||246.9 KB|
|Determination of Sufficiency of Recall Petitions (Appendix A).pdf||1.88 MB|
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued Opinion 4-11 on November 3, 2011, regarding whether, in a recall election for governor, there must be an election of governor and lieutenant governor jointly under article V, section 3 of the Wisconsin Constitution, regardless of whether there has been a recall petition for the lieutenant governor under article XIII, section 12 of the Wisconsin Constitution.